Babajide Sanwo-Olu who is the Governor of Lagos State has also approved the release of up to 46 inmates from some of the various correctional facilities in Lagos state.
Sanwo-Olu’s action had also gotten to follow the recommendation which had been made by the Advisory Council on the Prerogative of Mercy.
The governor had also commuted the death sentences of some other six inmates to life imprisonment as had been released by Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), Commissioner for Information.
The official had also noted that the release and committal orders had been in cognisance of Nigeria’s 62nd Independence Day Celebration and the exercise is pursuant to the provisions of Section 212 (1) (2) of the 1999 Constitution of The Federal Republic of Nigeria (amended).
Onigbanjo’s statement explained that the council, in reaching its recommendations, exercised due diligence during deliberations.
“The council took note of the information provided by the correctional authorities, the nature of the offence, period of incarceration, age, health and behavioural conduct of the inmates.”
The commissioner added the release of the inmates was in line with the administration’s resolution to decongest prisons in Lagos as part of the Justice Sector Reforms.
In another report, ahead of next year’s general elections, Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has called on Nigerians to elect candidates capable of taking the country to greater heights not just the ones that are engrossed with statistics.
Sanwo-Olu told them to shun those who give bogus statistics, but consider flagbearers with clear-cut plans.
He spoke in Ikeja on Friday at a Special Prayer Session/Jumat Service to commemorate the 62nd Independence Day celebration.
Represented by his deputy, Obafemi Hamzat, Sanwo-Olu said APC candidate Bola Tinubu has the ability to sustain the nation’s economy.